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1776 by David McCullough
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Oct 03, 09

bookshelves: audio, historical-nonfiction
Recommended for: military history enthusiasts
Read in September, 2009

I have decided to lay this one to rest. I just can't get through it. I was hoping that this book would focus on the colorful personalities of the founding fathers, but instead it is pure military history, which has never been one of my interests. McCullough really excels in the character sketches of the major players of 1776, on both sides of the war, particularly in his portrayal of General George Washington, who is fast becoming a hero of mine. However, these interesting bits were too few and far in between for my liking. Only very rarely do I give up on a book halfway through, but this one is just wasted on me. I've pretty much been spacing out in the car the entire time I was supposed to be listening. 'tis a shame, I was really looking forward to boosting my knowledge of American history.

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